Volunteers are an essential part of ChicagoCAC’s work!

Volunteers can best support our children and families through our Back to School Backpack Drive and Kids’ Holiday Party, which directly benefit our clients. They also do upkeep on our Child Life Therapy Garden, and spend time playing games with children with our child life team.  For more information, contact volunteer@chicagocac.org.

Please note: Due to the confidential nature of our services, volunteer opportunities that offer direct interaction with clients are very limited. Volunteers who interact with families at the center must pass a DCFS and criminal background check.

All child life volunteer shifts are currently filled.

Volunteer Possibilities

Back to School Backpack Drive | Summer

In the summer, generous individuals and organizations collect and donate school supplies and backpacks to ChicagoCAC. We distribute the fully stuffed backpacks to children and families served at the center so they are prepared for the school year ahead.

Kids’ Holiday Event | December

Volunteers host toy drives, collect and donate thousands of toys for our Kids’ Holiday Event. They also help sort through and package our donations at the center and get them ready to be distributed to families.

Garden Days | Spring/Summer

Volunteers help maintain our Child Life Therapy Garden, where children and families relax during their visit to the center. Garden days are ideal for small groups, such as corporate volunteer groups or clubs. 

Child Life

Child Life volunteers spend time with children during their or their family’s appointments at the center. Activities include playing games with children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, bringing children to and from therapy dog appointments, and some toy cleaning/other tasks. Any applicants with musical experience are welcome to incorporate that in their volunteering. Applicants must be 21+ and must have experience, formal or informal, working with children and families. Background check required. Volunteers must commit to at least six months of service.

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